Ever wonder why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? That’s what my five-year-old, Sam, wants to know. After hearing he might get pinched on St. Patricks Day he came home from school and wanted to know, “why?” As I was developing some St. Patrick’s Day party food ideas for kids, I thought I should give him a bit more background on the occasion.
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- These St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Pretzels make a great treat for after school.
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Growing up in Newfoundland, St. Patricks Day was a national holiday but most businesses remained open and we still had school. I knew about the parades celebrating Irish history and heritage. I knew about St. Patrick; his story contains all kinds of heroics that kidsespecially boysfind fascinating.
St. Patrick was kidnapped from his home in Britain and he was taken to Ireland as a slave (he wasnt Irish and his name wasnt Patrick then!). After six years he escaped and returned to his home, where he studied at monastaries and became a priest and then a bishop. Patrick returned to Ireland and began sharing his Christian faith. He had a lot of adventures with the druids and pagan religions in the area. He used a number of the Celtic symbols to help explain Christianity. For example, he used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. After living and serving in the area for about 30 years, the majority of the nation was converted to Christianity. St. Patrick died in Ireland of natural causes on March 17our St. Pats Day.
I knew most of that background about St. Patrick but I didnt know why if you didnt wear something green to school, you were considered a fair target for pinching. I didnt find out why until Sam began interrogating me and I went hunting for answers. Supposedly, if you wear green, you become invisible to Leprechauns. Leprechauns have a reputation for being cranky little fellows who mend the shoes of fairies and cause all kinds of mischief. The pinching serves as a warning to remind you about Leprechauns. I dont think that tradition has anything to do with the real St. Patrick!
I assured Sam I won’t let him get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day. He’ll be the kid dressed in green from head to foot with green cake around his mouth. Here’s the Green Velvet Cake recipe Im using…
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1.5 cups grapeseed oil
- 2 eggs
- Green food coloring
- Cream cheese or butter cream icing
- Shamrock shaped cookie cutter
- Dark green sugar
- Combine dry ingredients
- Use paddle on blender to mix in extract, milk and oil
- Add in eggs, one at a time
- Add food colouring SLOWLY till desired color is reached
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, until centre of cake is fully cooked
- Frost cake once cooled
- Use cookie cutter and sprinkle sugar inside
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